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verb (used with object)
  1. to buy or pay off; clear by payment: to redeem a mortgage.
  2. to buy back, as after a tax sale or a mortgage foreclosure.
  3. to recover (something pledged or mortgaged) by payment or other satisfaction: to redeem a pawned watch.
  4. to exchange (bonds, trading stamps, etc.) for money or goods.
  5. to convert (paper money) into specie.
  6. to discharge or fulfill (a pledge, promise, etc.).
  7. to make up for; make amends for; offset (some fault, shortcoming, etc.): His bravery redeemed his youthful idleness.
  8. to obtain the release or restoration of, as from captivity, by paying a ransom.
  9. Theology. to deliver from sin and its consequences by means of a sacrifice offered for the sinner.
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Origin of redeem

1375–1425; late Middle English redemen < Middle French redimer < Latin redimere, equivalent to red- red- + -imere, combining form of emere to purchase (cf. emptor, ransom)
Related formspre·re·deem, verb (used with object)un·re·deemed, adjective

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1–3. repurchase. Redeem, ransom both mean to buy back. Redeem is wider in its application than ransom, and means to buy back, regain possession of, or exchange for money, goods, etc.: to redeem one's property. To ransom is to redeem a person from captivity by paying a stipulated price, or to redeem from sin by sacrifice: to ransom a kidnapped child. 8, 9. free, liberate, rescue, save.

Antonyms for redeem

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Related Words for unredeemed

absent, adrift, disoriented, invisible, vanished, hidden, misplaced, ill-fated, wrecked, gone, missed, lacking, wandering, forfeit, obscured, mislaid, minus, disappeared, cursed

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Contemporary Examples of unredeemed

Historical Examples of unredeemed

  • For unredeemed devilishness, the dervishes have had no equals.

  • The girl's face was as it had been from the first, unredeemed evil.

    The Angel

    Cyril Arthur Edward Ranger Gull

  • If the known effects are unredeemed, the suspicion is not unnatural, that so are the unknown.

  • Do they want that the King's Message will for ever remain unfulfilled and unredeemed?

    India for Indians

    C. R. (Chittaranjan) Das

  • Like Hull's defeat, it was unredeemed by a single glimmer of light.

British Dictionary definitions for unredeemed


verb (tr)
  1. to recover possession or ownership of by payment of a price or service; regain
  2. to convert (bonds, shares, etc) into cash
  3. to pay off (a promissory note, loan, etc)
  4. to recover (something pledged, mortgaged, or pawned)
  5. to convert (paper money) into bullion or specie
  6. to fulfil (a promise, pledge, etc)
  7. to exchange (trading stamps, coupons, etc) for goods
  8. to reinstate in someone's estimation or good opinion; restore to favourhe redeemed himself by his altruistic action
  9. to make amends for
  10. to recover from captivity, esp by a money payment
  11. Christianity (of Christ as Saviour) to free (mankind) from sin by his death on the Cross
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Derived Formsredeemer, noun

Word Origin for redeem

C15: from Old French redimer, from Latin redimere to buy back, from red- re- + emere to buy
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Word Origin and History for unredeemed



early 15c., "buy back, ransom," from Middle French redemer "buy back," from Latin redimere (see redemption). Theological sense of "deliver from sin and spiritual death" is from c.1500. Meaning "make amends for" is from 1520s. Sense of "make good" (a promise, obligation, etc.) is from 1840. Related: Redeemed; redeeming.

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